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School fruit and veg scheme suspension causes concern 

The Government’s School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme, which enables Children in Reception and Year One to receive a portion of fruit or vegetable a day at break time, was suspended due to coronavirus. Research has  now shown that during lockdown the country’s most disadvantaged children have been eating less fruit, fewer vegetables, and more salty and sugary snacks and drinks. 

The Department of Health and Social Care has issued a statement saying, “the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme has been paused so as little fresh produce goes to waste as possible while we work to bring more children back to school” and that “funding which would have been spent on the scheme is being used to support the NHS and other priorities during the pandemic.”

Parents say the Government needs to bring fruit and vegetables back to the classroom now so that the most vulnerable children have access to nutritional food. 

 

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